Thank you everyone for your amazing entries for the 12th COOL JAPAN VIDEOS Photo Contest. After thorough screening, we have decided on the prize-winning entries and will announce the results here.
Click here for the details page and contest overview

Greetings

Did you have a good summer? Activities in Japan had been restricted for quite some time. People in Japan were finally once again able to enjoy the events and other activities that they had previously taken for granted.

Through the entries we received this year, we were able to understand what Summer in Japan means to everyone.

For this photo contest, we have selected winning photos from among those that are dramatic and dynamic, those that evoke feelings of joy and nostalgia, and those that depict summer scenes that make you wish you could be there.

We will continue to hold COOL JAPAN VIDEOS Photo Contests on a regular basis, and we look forward to your future participation.

We hope that by sharing information about Japan, more and more people will learn about Japan's charms and people from all over the world will come to visit Japan.

Thank you for your continued support of COOL JAPAN VIDEOS.

Announcement of Results

※In no particular order
If you were selected as a winner, please follow the proper procedures to receive your prize.
「COOL JAPAN VIDEOS」Photo Contest Grand Prize
Judges' Comments
A Moment of Victory for Sendai Ikuei Gakuen at Summer Koshien 2022
Sendai Ikuei Gakuen won the 104th National High School Baseball Championship. A dynamic shot capturing players on the mound and dust flying into the air.
The combination of the winners raising their hands to the sky while a member of the losing team watches creates a very dramatic scene, and we have selected it as this contest's Grand Prize winner.
「COOL JAPAN VIDEOS」Photo Contest Honorable Mention
Judges' Comments
A Rural Landscape at Sunset Along a Familiar Path
A father and son walking with their dog are reflected on the surface of a rice field in this beautiful work. The sweeping landscape of rice fields and the setting sun is somehow nostalgic. We have selected this photo, through which you can almost hear the sounds of the insects and frogs, as an Honorable Mention.
「COOL JAPAN VIDEOS」Photo Contest Honorable Mention
Judges' Comments
The Fukagawa Hachiman Festival, One of the Three Great Festivals of Edo Tomioka Hachiman Shrine's annual festival, also known as the Fukagawa Hachiman Festival, is held around August 15 each year. It is one of the Three Great Festivals of Edo along with the Sanno Festival and the Kanda Festival. The highlight of the festival is the water being poured over the mikoshi bearers by spectators in order to purify them, and this photo was taken at that moment. We have selected this photo, in which the mikoshi carriers and the spectators are united as one, as an Honorable Mention.
「COOL JAPAN VIDEOS」Photo Contest Honorable Mention
Judges' Comments
The Showa Retro store Omohideya in Nokonoshima
This is a nostalgic picture for those born during Japan's Showa period (1926-1989) and an emotional picture for those born in the Heisei period (1989-2019). We have selected this photo as an Honorable Mention because it captures a summertime scene that most Japanese people alive today would see and feel nostalgic about.
「COOL JAPAN VIDEOS」Photo Contest Honorable Mention
Judges' Comments
Two Smiles Under the Summer Sun
Even if the hot summers in Japan have you feeling exhausted, seeing smiles like this is sure to cheer you up. If you look closely, you'll notice the sunflower is smiling too! The slight angle adds to the photo's playful composition. We have selected this work as an Honorable Mention, as it would make a good postcard to express our best wishes to everyone during the hot summer season.
「COOL JAPAN VIDEOS」Photo Contest Honorable Mention
Judges' Comments
The Scenery of Utsukushigahara Farm, Nagano, Japan
Some 300 cows and horses graze on the 1,000 acre Utsukushigahara Farm. Cows grazing in the vast pasture, mountains in the distance, and blue skies... It's a tranquil scene, but one with a beautiful contrast of green and blue. We have selected this work as an Honorable Mention because it makes you want to visit it just to enjoy a deep breath of fresh air.
Thank you
for all your submissions!
List of Past Photo Contest Results

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